OTA Admission Requirements
Applicants for admission to the second year of the Occupational Therapy Assistant
Program (OCTA) must complete the following minimum criteria by the end of ULM's spring
semester that application is made:
- possess a minimum uncorrected cumulative grade point average of 2.700 on a 4.000 scale
in all previous coursework attempted at higher institutions of attendance
- possess a minimum uncorrected grade point average of 2.700 on a 4.00 scale in all
hours toward the OTA degree
- complete a minimum of 30 of the required hours of pre-professional coursework in the
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program; these hours MUST include Biology 1014, Biology
1015, and Psychology 2078.
- all courses completed must be have a grade of "C" or better
The following requirements must also be completed. Application forms and guidelines
for required activities will be posted at the beginning of each spring semester.
- mandatory participation in an admissions interview and an on-site writing session
(details and dates to be provided online after April 1 deadline)
- completion of required OT related activities
- construction of a portfolio according to stated requirements
- ensure receipt by ULM Admissions Office of all OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from any university/community college other than ULM
NOTE: If the student is currently enrolled at another university, it is the student's responsibility
to have the instructors in enrolled courses send grades directly to OTA Program Director
by fax or e-mail upon completion of the semester.
Having official copies sent of current semester when grades are completed does NOT
provide information in time for processing of OTA Applications. If grades are not
sent by instructors by May 25, the student will be determined to be ineligible for
admission to the professional program.
NOTE: Applicants who acknowledge a felony conviction are warned that the National Board
for Certification in Occupational Therapy and Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
may bar persons with a felony record from taking the certification examination or
from state licensure.
You may contact these organizations for further information:
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
(an Early Determination review is available)
Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
Progression in the Professional Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (OCTA)
- students accepted into OCTA are required to fulfill the immunization requirements
of the ULM Student Health Center
- the student has one academic year to successfully complete the didactic coursework
of the program. A student who fails to do so will be required to appear before The
University of Louisiana at Monroe Occupational Therapy Academic Performance Committee
for a hearing to determine continuation in the program
- the student must complete all required didactic occupational therapy courses with
a grade of "C" or better
- a minimum cumulative, uncorrected GPA of 2.500 on a 4.000 scale is required for continued
- the student must observe all prerequisites in the sequential pursuance of courses
leading to an Associate of Science Degree for the Occupational Therapy Assistant
- before going on Level II Fieldwork clinical affiliations, students must have a minimum
cumulative, uncorrected grade point average of at least 2.500.
- the Academic Performance Committee has the right and responsibility to impose sanctions
on a student who is not in compliance with ethical, professional behavior or patient
welfare guidelines of the program after following due process guidelines of the program.
Sanctions can include dismissal from a course with a grade of "F" and may result in
permanent dismissal from the program
- students will receive a grade of either "CR" or "F" on Level II Fieldwork experiences.
A student who does not receive a grade of "CR" on any Level II Fieldwork placement
shall be dismissed from the program. Students must complete all Level II Fieldwork
requirements within 18 months following the completion of occupational therapy content
- students who fail to successfully meet all OCTA requirements, including a "CR" on
Level II Fieldwork, will be dismissed from the program. Students may request to appear
before the Academic Performance Committee to determine conditions which might allow
continuation in the program.